Today, We Get a Leap Second (& How You Can Spend It at Home)

Today, We Get a Leap Second (& How You Can Spend It at Home)

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Tara Bellucci
Jun 30, 2015
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Today, you'll have just a little more time—one second to be exact. June 30 marks the first time since 2012 that we've had a global leap second. The course correction accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down (and that time is a construct).

The leap second will be observed right before 8 pm Eastern, where there will be a 7:59:60 before 8:00:00. There have been 25 leap seconds observed since 1972, but this is the first to happen while global financial markets are open, and people are having a bit of a freakout.

Want to make the most of your extra second? Here are things you can do around the home:

  • Straighten a frame
  • Wipe your counter
  • Dim the lights (everything instantly looks cleaner)
  • Fluff a pillow
  • Light a candle
  • Snap a shelfie
  • Pet the cat/dog/iguana
  • Pour a drink
  • Watch a 1-second video

How are you spending your leap second?

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